On This Day in Sport for March 27

Events in Sport

  • 1871 1st international rugby union match - Scotland 1, England 0 at Raeburn Place, Edinburgh
  • 1873 35th Grand National: J. M. Richardson wins aboard 20/1 shot Disturbance by 6 lengths from Rhyshworth
  • 1885 47th Grand National: Jockey Ted Wilson wins his second consecutive GN aboard 10/3 favourite Roquefort
  • 1896 58th Grand National: Former owner David Campbell wins aboard 40/1 outsider The Soarer
  • 1903 65th Grand National: Percy Woodland aboard 13/2 chance Drumcree wins by 3 lengths from Detail
  • 1908 70th Grand National: Henry Bletsoe wins aboard American 66/1 outsider Rubio
  • 1914 76th Grand National: Bill Smith aboard Sunloch wins by 8 lengths from Trianon III
  • 1925 84th Grand National: Major John Wilson wins aboard 100/9 shot Double Chance; first year a tape, known then as a 'gate', used at the start line
  • 1931 John McGraw says night baseball will not catch on
  • 1931 90th Grand National: 9 year old Grakle, at odds of 100/6 and ridden by jockey Bob Lyall wins by 1.5 lengths from 1929 winner Gregalach
  • 1932 De Bataven soccer team forms in Gendt
  • 1936 95th Grand National: Fulke Walwyn scores back-to-back GN victories aboard Reynoldstown at 10/1
  • 1939 1st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: U of Oregon beats Ohio State, 46-33; Ohio State forward Jimmy Hull is named tournament Most Outstanding Player

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1942 Joe Louis KOs Abe Simon in 6 to retain heavyweight boxing title (NYC)

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • 1945 7th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Oklahoma State beats NYU, 49-44; Cowboys' center Bob Kurland is named tournament Most Outstanding Player
  • 1951 13th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Kansas, 68-58; Wildcats' 3rd title; 16-team field is introduced

Sports record brokenNHL Record

1962 Jacques Plante ties record winning 6th NHL Vezina trophy

NHL Goalie Jacques Plante
NHL Goalie
Jacques Plante
  • 1965 119th Grand National: Tommy Smith becomes first American jockey to win GN aboard US trained and owned horse, Jay Trump at 100/6
  • 1971 33rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Villanova, 68-62; UCLA's 5th consecutive title; Villanova later disqualified, ineligible player Howard Porter
  • 1971 Wales clinches its 17th Five Nations Rugby Championship, 6th Grand Slam and 12th Triple Crown with a 9-5 win over France at Stade Colombes, Paris
  • 1973 Dennis Amiss out for 99 v Pakistan, 3rd 99 in Test Cricket

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1977 American tennis star Chris Evert wins her 4th and final WTA Tour Championship 2–6, 6–1, 6–1 against England's Sue Barker at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • 1978 40th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Duke, 94-88; Wildcats 5th title; forward Jack Givens scores 41 points
  • 1982 Imran takes 14-116 for cricket match v Sri Lanka at Lahore

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1983 Larry Holmes beats Lucien Rodriguez in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • 1988 Ice Dance Championship at Budapest won by Bestemianova & Bukin (URS)
  • 1988 Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Budapest won by Katarina Witt (GDR)
  • 1988 Ok-Hee Ku wins Standard Register Turquoise Classic Golf Tournament
  • 1988 WrestleMania IV, Historic Atlantic City Convention Hall, NJ: Randy "Macho Man" Savage beats Ted DiBiase for WWF Heavyweight title
  • 1988 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Local resident Mark McCumber wins with record total 273 (−15), 4 strokes ahead of runner-up Mike Reid
  • 1989 Delhi beat Bengal by innings & 210 to win Cricket's Ranji Trophy
  • 1990 NSW beat Queensland by 345 runs to win Sheffield Shield Final
  • 1991 NCAA bans U of Minn football team from postseason play in 1992
  • 1994 Ice Dance Championship at Chiba Japan won by Gritschuk & Platov (RUS)

Sport awardPGA Players Championship

1994 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Australian Greg Norman sets scoring record of 264 (−24) to finish 4 strokes ahead of runner-up Fuzzy Zoeller

Golfer Greg Norman
Golfer
Greg Norman

Sport awardGolf Major

1994 Nabisco Dinah Shore Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Donna Andrews wins her only major title by 1 over British runner-up Laura Davies; Andrews birdies final hole while Davies makes bogey.

LPGA Golfer Laura Davies
LPGA Golfer
Laura Davies
  • 1998 Chicago Bulls - Atlanta Hawks matchup at Georgia Dome in Atlanta, draws a crowd of 62,046, largest in any game in NBA history; Bulls win, 89-74

Sport awardPGA Players Championship

2000 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: 1983 champion Hal Sutton leads wire-to-wire to win by a stroke ahead of runner-up Tiger Woods

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • 2004 France beats England, 24-21 at Stade de France, Saint Denis to complete a Grand Slam and win the Six Nations Rugby Championship; England earns the Triple Crown
  • 2005 Kraft Nabisco Championship Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Annika Sörenstam of Sweden wins event for the 3rd time, 8 strokes ahead of American Rosie Jones

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1859 George Giffen, Australian cricketer (one of Australia's greatest all-rounders), born in Norwood, South Australia (d. 1927)
  • 1878 Miller Huggins, American Baseball Hall of Fame 2nd baseman, manager (NY Yankees WS 1923, 27-28) born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1929)
  • 1903 Walt Kiesling, American NFL guard and coach (HOF), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 1962)
  • 1910 Rudi Ball, German-Jewish ice hockey star (Olympic bronze 1932), born in Berlin (d. 1975)
  • 1932 Wes Covington, American baseball player (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Laurinburg, North Carolina (d. 2011)
  • 1939 Cale Yarborough, American auto racer (Daytona 500-1968, 77, 83, 84), born in Timmonsville, South Carolina
  • 1941 Liese Prokop, Austrian pentathlete (Olympic silver 1968), born in Tulln District, Austria (d. 2006)
  • 1945 Briton Selby, Canadian NHL player, born in Kingston, Ontario
  • 1946 Bill Sudakis, American baseball player, born in Joliet, Illinois
  • 1947 Dough Wilkerson, American football player, born in Fayetteville, North Carolina
  • 1950 Vic Harris, American MLB player, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1951 Bobby Lalonde, NHLer (Boston Bruins), born in Montreal
  • 1955 Kim Brassey, racehorse trainer
  • 1956 Brian Kelly, American CFL wide receiver (Edmonton Eskimos), born in Arcadia, California
  • 1956 Thomas Wassberg, Swedish cross country skier (4 Olympic gold 1980, 84, 88), born in Lennartsfors, Värmland, Sweden
  • 1958 Bart Connor, American gymnast and sportscaster (Olympic gold 1984), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1958 Bart Conner, American parallel bars gymnast (Olympic gold 1984), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1960 Steve Jarvin, Australian soling sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney
  • 1960 Hans Pflügler, German footballer, born in Freising, Germany
  • 1961 Ellery Hanley, British rugby league player, born in Leeds
  • 1961 Tony Rominger, Swiss road racing cyclist, born in Vejle, Denmark
  • 1963 Ed Pinckney, American NBA forward (Philadelphia 76ers), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1963 Randall Cunningham, American NFL quarterback (Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • 1963 James Todd Graves, American sport shooter (Olympics 1992, 96), born in Rouston, Louisiana
  • 1966 Kate Donahoo, US judoka (Olympic-92), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1967 Jaime Navarro, Puerto Rican baseball pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Bayamón, Puerto Rico
  • 1967 Tom Hammonds, American NBA forward (Minn Timberwolves, Denver Nuggets), born in Fort Walton Beach, Florida
  • 1969 Tom Beer, American NFL running back (Detroit Lions), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1970 Anthony Prior, American NFL cornerback (NY Jets, Minnesota Vikings), born in Lowell, Massachusetts
  • 1970 Ed Philion, NFL nose tackle (Buffalo Bills), born in Windsor, Ontario
  • 1972 Kirby Dar Dar, American NFL wide receiver (Miami Dolphins), born in Morgan City, Louisiana
  • 1972 Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Dutch footballer, born in Paramaribo, Suriname
  • 1973 Serge Tremblay, Canadian weightlifter (Olympics 1996), born in La Malbaie, Canada
  • 1974 Gaizka Mendieta, Spanish footballer, born in Bilbao, Spain
  • 1975 B. J. Gallis, CFL linebacker (BC Lions), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • 1975 Tom Goegebuer, Belgian weightlifter, born in Belgium
  • 1976 Danny Fortson, American NBA forward (Denver Nuggets), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1976 Djamel Belmadi, Algerian football player and manager (Al-Duhail), born in Champigny-sur-Marne, France
  • 1977 Tom van der Leegte, Dutch soccer player (PSV), born in Bergeijk, Netherlands
  • 1977 Vitor Meira, Brazilian racing driver, born in Brasilia, Brazil
  • 1979 Michael Cuddyer, American baseball player (Minnesota Twins), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1981 Terry McFlynn, Northern Irish footballer, born in Magherafelt, Northern Ireland
  • 1985 Dario Baldauf, Austrian football player, born in Bregenz, Austria
  • 1985 Stijn De Smet, Belgian football player, born in Bruges, Belgium
  • 1986 Manuel Neuer, German football player (Bayern Munich, German national team), born in Gelsenkirchen, West Germany
  • 1987 Chad Denny, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Sydney, Canada

Deaths in Sport

  • 1927 Joe Start, American baseball player, dies at 84
  • 1933 Lionel Palairet, British cricketer (49 runs in 2 Tests for England 1902), dies at 62
  • 1947 Charles Smith, cricketer (batted for South Africa in 1902-03), dies
  • 2005 Bob Casey, American baseball announcer (b. 1925)
  • 2008 Jean-Marie Balestre, French president of motor sport's FIA, dies at 86
  • 2013 Hjalmar Andersen, Norwegian speed skater, dies from trauma due to a fall at 90
  • 2019 Joe Bellino, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (1960 Heisman Trophy), dies of stomach cancer at 81